40. A Doonesbury Retrospective 1970 to 1979 by G.B. Trudeau

By G.B. Trudeau

Created by way of the staff that introduced you The whole a long way Side and The entire Calvin and Hobbes, the big anthology 40 marks Doonesbury's40th anniversary by means of studying intensive the characters that experience given the strip such energy. this primary quantity of the four-volume publication variation of 40 covers the years 1970 to 1979 for the distinguished caricature strip.

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The British novelist Ian McEwan dates the cultural pivot point to the early ’60s. ” How quickly the “embarrassing condition” became adulthood, for which, of course, there is no cure at all. Thanks to the Kennedys, the Beatles, the pill, the war, and a myriad of other co-factors, young people hijacked the culture and never gave it back. If youth was once regarded as unserious, no one seems to remember. We are now three generations deep into rock, jeans, and dope; there’s no turning back. Which is just fine with Zonk, who is and always has been fully vested.

Most humor strips do just fine with a half-dozen or so players. Calvin and Hobbes had only two essential characters, and one of them was imaginary. By the late ’80s, Doonesbury had almost forty. The clutter became challenging for longtime readers, intimidating for latecomers—like opening a Russian novel in the middle. But the matrix of relationships at the heart of Doonesbury yielded endless narrative possibilities. I didn’t have to find a new twist on old themes as most legacy strips do—or rethread the needle every day like a gag cartoonist.

Com and the guiding force behind our milblog, The Sandbox, David has been sounding board, confidant, and brother. I cannot thank him enough. 25 years ago, George Corsillo was brought in to work on a Doonesbury desk diary. He has been my design guru and colormaster ever since. As I was originally a graphics guy myself, George’s work gives me an inordinate amount of pleasure. More than anyone else, he makes me look more talented than I am, for which I am usually privately grateful. 20 years ago, Mike Seeley joined me as office manager, and he has been keeping chaos at bay ever since.

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